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Efa(u)ld, Effa(u)ld, a. Also: eafald. [Variants of Afald a.] a. Sincere, free from duplicity or guile. b. Simple, plain.a (a) 1550 Breadalbane Doc. (Reg. H.) No. 71.
Colyne Campbell … sall gif thame lele, trew, and efald counsale at all tymes
1567 Reg. Morton I. 19.
We sall tak efald and plane part with the said Sir James in all … his actiouns
c1590 J. Stewart 221 § 84.
My efald freind, I knaw thow dois intend [etc.]
1592 Colquhoun Chart. 153.
Trew, plaine, and eafald pairt
1615 Crim. Trials III. 275.
To tak eafald pairt with vther
(b) 1585 Acts III. 387/2.
The guid trew and efauld scheruice done to his maiestie
1588 Sutherland Chart. 157.
We haue subscriuit this our efauld assurance
1600 Crim. Trials II. 286.
Yowr lo. awin sworne and bund man to obey and serve vith efauld and ever redy seruise
c 1610 Breadalbane Lett. (Reg. H.).
My lowing efauld cunsell was that the laird sowld abeine sateffeit
c1650 Spalding I. 73.
In all his barganes [he was] just and efauld
(c) 1578 Black Bk. Taymouth 222.
To be ane trew effald seruande
1594 Bk. Univ. Kirk III. 822.
We … faithfullie binds and obleishes vs, to … concurre and take ane effald, leill and true part with his Majestie
(d) 1577 Prot. Bk. G. Fyiff 13.
That this obligatioun … be alterit … for the effauld securitie of the said Johnn Middiltoun
1590 Misc. Spald. C. II. 93.
Wee … oblidges ws … to be effauld, trew, and leill to wtheris in all actiones
1626 Garden Worthies 120.
Thow ay stood … One ever effaulde & religious lord
b. 1609 Gardyne Garden 52.
The idea is it, That represents most efauld to the eyne The nat'rall man

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